Cecil B Demille's first feature film as a director and producer
Directed by Oscar Apfel and Cecil B. DeMille and produced by DeMille and Jesse L. Lasky, the screenplay was adapted by Beulah Marie Dix from the 1905 stage play, of the same name, written by Edwin Milton Royle.
This first screen version of the story was the legendary DeMille's first movie assignment. It also holds the distinction of being the first feature-length movie filmed specifically in Hollywood. It was not the first to be made in the Los Angeles area, and film historians agree that shorts had previously been filmed in Hollywood, with In Old California considered the earliest. Harbor scenes were shot in San Pedro, California and the western saloon set was built beside railroad tracks in the San Fernando Valley. Footage of cattle on the open range were shot at Keen Camp near Idyllwild, California, while snow scenes were shot at Mount Palomar.
The Squaw Man went on to become the only movie successfully filmed three times by the same director/producer, DeMille. He did a silent remake in 1918, and a talkie version in 1931.
June 8, 2014 Subject:
It's From C.B. DeMille. No Dis-Respect From Me
Like it says at the top of the page, the first full-length feature film ever made in Hollywood, period. Due to having been pre-sold by vigorous work on the part of Jesse Lasky, this was a tremendous hit and it was all it was supposed to be. A tremendous story, a really great cast top to bottom, and an ending you're not really expecting. A little over-wrought at times by a few of the main players, but for 100 years old I'll take it. Dustin Farnum became a film star with this and deserved to be. Still the hand of Demille being in charge and the investment made by Famous Players-Lasky is what pulled this off. Mamie Wagner's editing was ahead of it's time and I'm sure the hand of Demille was also in the editing room. This was a great first film and it deserves to be the classic that it is. I've seen this before and this probably the best restored print I've ever seen. For buffs and everybody else. Enjoy.